Critter Camp

Critter Camp helps children build a sense of kindness, respect and responsibility for all animals and life. Meeting new friends while caring for shelter pets fosters self-esteem and confidence, in both two-legged and four-legged participants.  Kids leave camp inspired to be animal ambassadors at home, in their neighborhood and in their community, while sharing what they have learned with their family, friends and neighbors.

2019 Critter Camp dates announced in March!

Please read below before registering for Critter Camp.

Dates listed on the website may not still be available when you go to the schedule.  If your preferred session is not listed on the registration page, it is already full.  Please choose one of the available sessions with space still open.

Registration is 100% online and spaces are filled immediately as applications and payments are submitted.  Due to the popularity of Critter Camp and the online registration process, we are unable to hold any camp spots.  Camp sessions often fill up quickly, especially the speciality camps like California Littles Camp and Pet Trainer Camp- we highly recommend registering online as soon as possible.  You may also register in person at the shelter, but we cannot guarantee that space will still be available. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept mailed camp applications and payments.  Please email if you have questions or need additional information.

2018 Critter Camp schedule 

June 12-15 Critter Camp, 7-8 years 

June 19-22 Critter Camp, 7-8 years

June 26-29 California Littles Canine Camp, 7-11 years

July 10-13 Critter Camp, 9-11 years 

July 17-20, Critter Camp, 9-11 years

July 24-27, California Littles Canine Camp, 7-11 years

July 31-August 3, Junior Pet Trainer Camp, 12-14 years (only 8 spots available!)


Register for Critter Camp

Thank you to L.E.A.W. Family Foundation for underwriting our 2018 summer camps agian this year!  We are thrilled to be able to offer kids in the community an opportunity to learn about sheltering, animal care and go behind the scenes at the Humane Society and appreciate the continuing support of L.E.A.W. Family Foundation!

Each camp session runs Tuesday through Friday and meets in our education room downstairs at the shelter. Drop-off each day is between 8:30-9am and pick-up is at 3:30pm at the Humane Society.  Please note that camp ends promptly at 3:30!  Please use the education room entrance located on the east side of the building.  The enrollment fee includes all camp supplies and a Humane Society tote bag.  Campers are responsible for bringing two snacks and their own bag lunch each day. 

Critter Camp

For kids ages 7-11

  • For 7-8 years, June 12-15, $175
  • For 7-8 years, June 19-22, $175
  • For 9-11 years, July 10-13, $175
  • For 9-11 years, July 17-20, $175

Critter Camp focuses on caring for companion animals, learning about wildlife and making new friends, both two- and four-legged!  Activities include caring for adoptable cats, clicker training dogs, baking dog biscuits, socializing kittens and more.  Campers will also participate in educational, animal-related games and art projects and meet with guest presenters from a variety of animal organizations.  At Critter Camp, children build a sense of kindness, respect and responsibility for all animals and life.  The enrollment fee includes all supplies, presentations and a tote bag.

Junior Pet Trainer Camp

This camp is for 12-14 year old children

  • For 12-14 years, July 31-August 3, $225

Join this camp to become an official Humane Society of Western Montana Junior Pet Trainer!  Go behind the scenes and work with our Certified Professional Dog Trainers and assist with various aspects of our HSWM behavior and training program!  Junior Pet Trainers may help with everything our behavior team does, including behavior modification for shy cats and dogs, clicker training for enthusiasic dogs, providing life saving enrichment and more!  Upon completion of camp, Junior Pet Trainers will be eligible to walk and train select shelter dogs just like our regular volunteers!  (All other volunteers under the age of 18 only work in the cat department)  The enrollment fee includes all supplies, presentations, a treat bag, clicker and an official Humane Society volunteer t-shirt.

California Littles Canine Camp

California Littles Canine Camp is for campers who have attended Critter Camp, volunteer at the shelter or are very experienced with dogs.

  • June 26-29, 7-11 years, $225
  • July 24-27, 7-11 years, $225

California Littles Canine Camp focuses on caring for small breed dogs from the time they arrive at the shelter to the time they are adopted.  In this specialized camp, campers will be responsible for everything from naming and vaccinating their dogs to training polite behaviors and helping find the perfect adopter.  Canine Camp graduates will be eligible to walk and train shelter dogs just like our regular volunteers.  The enrollment fee includes flying dogs from California, all supplies and presentations, a tote bag and an official Humane Society volunteer t-shirt!